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Saturday, August 29th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Suite No. 6 in D major for Unaccompanied Cello, 4th Mvt. (Sarabande); Yo-Yo Ma, live


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random thoughts

Better one day awake—one moment, even—than ten years asleep.

Wednesday, August 26th

Ligeti
day three

Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006), Requiem: Kyrie; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Esa-Pekka Salonen, cond.), live

Tuesday, August 25th

Ligeti
day two

Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006), Cello Concerto; Ensemble C Barré (Sebastien Boin, cond.) with Alexis Descharmes (cello), live, France (Marseille), 2013

Monday, August 24th

Ligeti
day one

Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006), Piano Etude No. 13, “L’escalier du diable” (“The Devil’s Staircase”); Claudio Martinez Mehner, live, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 2012


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random sights

last night, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Saturday, August 22nd

sounds of Iceland

Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-), Aura
NorthArc Percussion Group, live, Iceland (Reykjavik), 2012

 

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reading table

Even the crow
has a grove
to grow old in

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue

Monday, August 10th

Why not start the week with something strange?

Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001), Tetras (1983); JACK Quartet, live, Philadelphia, 2014

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Trust in the Unexpected —

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #561 (Franklin)

Wednesday, August 5th

more

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Nocturne in B-flat minor (Op. 9, No. 1); Ivan Moravec (1930-2015), piano


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random sights

last night
Columbus Park, Chicago

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Tuesday, August 4th

more

I don’t care what you had planned: it can’t compare to this.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), 24 Preludes; Ivan Moravec (1930-2015), piano

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Why did I / shrink into a story?

—Alice Notley, “Are Loyal” (Poetry, 7-8/15)

Monday, August 3rd

passings

Ivan Moravec, pianist, November 9, 1930-July 27, 2015

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Ballade No. 1 in G minor


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random thoughts

Ever grow weary of the 21st century?

Me, too.

Thursday, July 30th

Morton Feldman (1927-1986), Rothko Chapel (1971), live (excerpts), Houston (Rothko Chapel), 2013; Kim Kashkashian (viola), Steven Schick (percussion), Sarah Rothenberg (celeste), Hallie Reed (soprano), Houston Chamber Choir (Robert Simpson, cond.)

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Today Morton Feldman enters the MCOTD Hall of Fame, joining saxophonists Von Freeman and Henry Threadgill, trumpeter Lester Bowie, poets John Berryman and Wislawa Szymborska and William Bronk, photographer Helen Levitt, and gospel singer Dorothy Love Coates.

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random thoughts

No matter how often we turn away, the world keeps calling out to us.

Look.

Listen.

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